Tau's EPL switch delights Bafana coach

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Bafana Bafana head coach Molefi Ntseki says having Percy Tau playing in the English Premier League will benefit the national team greatly.

Tau recently made his Brighton and Hove Albion against Newport County in the FA Cup, before he made his league appearance against Manchester City a few days later.

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"I think we are all happy, because of the level of competition that he will be exposed to," Ntseki tells KickOff.com.

"Which will be of great help coming into the national team and rubbing shoulders with the rest of the players. Seeing him playing his first game in an FA Cup we were all happy and excited. And his performance on the day after having gone through only two trainig sessions for that match, I think he did very well.

"You could see that the coach has been following him. He understands his quality, he knows his strength. That is why he played him as a right winger coming inside into the half spaces and causing a lot of problems for Newport. We spoke before the game and after the game seeing him winning his first English Premier League match was also very important to all of us and to him as an individual, because it was a very important win for the team."

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"Going forward I know him as somebody who is very focused, somebody who is a winner. He will have to compete to be in the starting eleven because I think the coach brought him back into the team after a thorough profiling of his abilities," Ntseki continues.

"We should also give credit to whoever scouted Percy in the first place, to have seen the good qualities in him. To have profiled him against other players that are coming from the development sides of Albion, those qualities that the scouts saw in Percy I think it's exactly the good qualities that made Percy to be a star player for Mamelodi Sundowns and winning the Champions League.

"The three seasons that he has stayed away has helped him fine tune his skills to be a player of a Premier League team. I think he's fully aware that he has to work harder to appear regularly for the team in every match that they play."